Functions of committees and sub-committees

8.—(1) Each Safeguarding Panel is to exercise its functions as regards such area of Northern Ireland as may be prescribed.

(2) Regulations may make provision as to the exercise by committees and sub-committees of any of their functions (including provision as to further duties to be imposed, procedures to be followed and the manner in which a committee or sub-committee is to exercise its functions).

(3) Each committee and sub-committee must, in exercising its functions, have due regard to any guidance given to it for the purpose by the Department or the Safeguarding Board.